Author Archives: Amy Ryland

A Joyful Life

A Joyful Life - Chanene Saliee

Chat with author and mum Chaneen Saliee about finding your own way in motherhood. Interview by Tekie Quaye How would you describe yourself? As a very big-hearted person who has a deep underlying passion and connection with others in the world. I’m very creative and I’m always on the move. I’m excited about life and […]

What it’s Like to Write a Novel

A chat with first time book author Victoria Hannan about her stunning debut, Kokomo. What made you want to write a novel? Back in 2017, I was working in a job I hated. I wasn’t sleeping well and I was so stressed my hair was falling out. I knew I needed to change my life. […]

Brekkie in bed

Lunch Lady Blog - Issue 7 - Breakie in bed

Download your FREE room service door hanger here: ORANGE, RICOTTA + POPPY SEED PANCAKES  Serves 2 • 1 cup ricotta cheese • 1/4 cup caster sugar • 2 eggs • zest from 1 orange, finely grated • 1/8 cup poppy seeds • 1/3 cup plain flour • 2–3 tbsp oil or butter for frying For […]

Quick Q+A With illustrator Sakuya Higuchi

Interview with illustrator Sakuya

Q: What is your name? おなまえは? A: Sakuya Higuchi 樋口 咲耶です。 Q: How old are you? おいくつですか? A: 34 years old in September. 9月で34歳になります。 Q: Where are you from? 出身地はどこですか? A: Ibaraki, Northeast of Tokyo. 茨城県です。 Q: Where do you live now? どちらにお住まいですか? A: Tokyo 東京都です。 Q: When did you first start illustrating? いつからイラストレーターとして活動を始めましたか? A: […]

Fruit cakes!

Lunch Lady issue 12 - Fruit cakes

EASY PEAR CAKE Serves 8–12 • 260g / 9.2oz light buckwheat, light spelt or plain flour • 2 tsp baking powder • pinch of fine salt • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 2 large free-range eggs • 175ml / 5.9 fl oz maple syrup • 2 tsp vanilla paste • 250ml / 8.5 fl oz […]

holiday boredom busters!

Boredom busters -printable school holiday fun

Adding some fun to your day. For school holidays, rainy days or anytime indoor play. Print and enjoy these cool 10 minute bursts of fun by Beci Orpin and Lunch Lady For more awesome Lunch Lady ideas buy the mag from our shop here or find us on Facebook here and Instagram here ///

Sushi Is Easy

Lunch Lady Blog - issue 2 - Sushi is easy

Become a lunchbox legend with these simple sushi recipes. SUSHI BALLS 350g / 13.5oz sushi rice 80ml / 2.7 fl oz rice vinegar 2 tbsp caster sugar pinch of salt 1/2 cup black sesame seeds, toasted 100g smoked salmon, finely chopped 1 cucumber, finely chopped 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise Rinse the rice really well under […]

Teaching Kids How to Be Grateful

Hope School - Teaching kids how to be grateful

Studies show that grateful kids do better in almost every metric than their non-grateful peers. But how do you even start to cultivate something as ambiguous as gratitude? Shoutout: We’re proudly partnering with Bank Australia to bring you stories of hope, resilience and a new way of thinking. Ungrateful: it’s one of the parental big […]

Little Free Pantry

the little free pantry movement

Inspired by the Free Little Library movement,  Jessica McClard saw a need to create free food boxes and believes any small action of giving in community can make a huge difference.   Shoutout: We’re proudly partnering with Bank Australia to bring you stories of hope, resilience and a new way of thinking. What is Little […]


Banana Toffee Yoghurt Cake

Serves 8–12 You can easily make this cake vegan just by substituting the natural yoghurt with coconut yoghurt. You can also make it gluten-free by using your favourite gluten-free flour. • 3 large bananas• 35g / 1.2oz coconut sugar• 250g / 8.8oz nut butter• 150g / 5.3oz maple syrup• 100ml / 3.4 fl oz natural […]

Growing up in Australia by Tekie Quaye

Growing up Black in Australia by Tekie Quaye

Becoming a parent raises all sorts of questions about the way you might bring up your child and the family you want to be. I find that much of what I do and don’t want for my daughter is a reflection of my own experiences as a child. My experience growing up in Australia with […]


An important conversation with children’s book author Medeia Cohan.  Where did the idea for the book come from? I’m an imposter author. I’m not really a children’s author. But I wanted to buy a book about head coverings for my son and I couldn’t find one.  I lived in South London with my young son, […]